Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team Program (GAIT)

Funded by the University System of Maryland to the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program (GGEAR), GAIT is a two day elective opportunity for health professional students. The program, which is implemented through the Western Maryland and Eastern Shore AHEC’s provides students with both clinical and didactic training exposure in geriatrics and interprofessional team training.  Students travel to a geriatric health care site in Western Maryland or the Eastern Shore and work with a team of students from social work, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant and gerontology degree programs at the University of Maryland Baltimore, Towson University, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Students participate in team training exercises, aging simulations, hear lectures on topics pertinent to the theme of the rotation (ie, dementia care, hospice, activities) in addition to assessing as a student team the residents or clients of the site.

Contact information for GAIT:

Terri Socha, Western Maryland Area Health Education Center,, 301-777-9150 x 107

Audrey Wahl, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center,  410-221-2600

Interdisciplinary Health Care Training and Delivery Project

Project Period: 07/01/2004-06/30/2007

Project Director: Lorraine Doucette MS, MT(ASCP)
Phone: 410-706-1830
Fax: 410-706-0073      

Co-Program Director for Physical Therapy: Fran Huber, EdD, PT, OCS
Phone : 410-706-4543
Fax:: 410-706-6387

Co-Program Director for Genetic Counseling:  TBA
Co-Program Director for Clinical Experience : Niharika Khanna, MD
Phone: 410-328-5145
Fax: 410-328-8726

This unique project brings together three allied health disciplines that usually never interact with one another. Graduate students from the disciplines of medical technology, physical therapy, and genetic counseling will interact both within an Internet-based interdisciplinary course as well as within a clinical component of the course.

The project starting date is July 1, 2004 with an anticipated starting date of the didactic Internet course in the fall of 2005. Within the Internet course the following topics will be presented to all of the students: health promotion and prevention, geriatrics, long-term care, home health and hospice care, ethics, bioterrorism, multiculturalism and regulatory updates. The didactic portion of the course will be delivered online and will be two tiered.  First, all students and all practitioners seeking continuing education credits will participate in an online interactive didactic discussion on each topic. Second, graduate students will then enter a discipline-specific discussion board/chat room where faculty will apply the topic to their specific discipline. Practitioners seeking continuing education will have access to the interdisciplinary discussion and may receive continuing education credit for individual topics or the entire course. Course completers will receive a Certificate of Interdisciplinary Health Care Training and Delivery. The online portion of the course will be equivalent to 45 hours of in-class instruction, exploring each discipline and its role in providing health care within an interdisciplinary model. In the clinical component of the course, students will participate in an interdisciplinary approach to providing health care to patients in medically underserved areas and community centers. During the first year of the grant the course will be developed and the Project coordinators will work with the Maryland AHEC office to develop the health care events to take place at community centers for years two and three. In year two the course will be operational and students will work in interdisciplinary teams at the established community centers. In year three the interdisciplinary partnership will expand to include the genetic counseling graduate program at Howard University, an historically black university located in Washington, DC, and other appropriate allied health programs located on University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. 


The Case of Mrs. G

Case developed by University of Maryland Baltimore faculty and staff which explores the comprehensive geriatric assessment of an elderly community dwelling woman.

Rural Interdisciplinary Health Promotion

Three modules developed by faculty and staff from University of Maryland Baltimore, Towson University, Frostburg State University, Allegany College of Maryland and the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, entitled:

Rural Interdisciplinary Teams
Obesity Prevention, Interdisciplinary Health Promotion
Stress Management, Interdisciplinary Health Promotion


Each of the UMB Schools has additional programs and centers which encourage interprofessional collaboration among faculty and encourage interprofessional training opportunities.  These programs and centers may have extramural funding which support interprofessional training for UMB students. 

Law School:

Dental School:

Medical School Centers:

Medical School Programs:

Additional Medical School Venues which encourage interdisciplinary collaboration:

Nursing School:

Pharmacy School Centers:

Social Work School:


Each of the schools has a number of training venues which encourage interdisciplinary participation.  For example, Open Gates, Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic, Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Geriatrics Evaluation Management Unit, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Keswick Multi-Care Center are but a handful of health care facilities which have staff who precept UMB students.  The Community Affairs web site lists community service activities fostered by each of the schools. Many of the programs such as the Center for Families and Family Connections, which are joint ventures between the Schools of Medicine and Social Work, provide interdisciplinary training opportunities for UMB students.


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